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  • Why the Amazon-Twitch deal makes sense     Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 7:33 PM ET

    Amazon's acquisition of Twitch can help the firm to better engage consumers, says Edward Williams, Analyst at BMO Capital Markets.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Communications equipment maker Comtech Telecommunications Corp said on Monday it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible merger or sale of the company, confirming a Reuters report earlier in the day.

  • TORONTO, Aug 25- Investors in Burger King Worldwide Inc and Tim Hortons Inc applauded news of a potential merger between the two fast food chains, seeing both tax savings and strategic rationale for a combination.

  • Tax savings spur Tim Hortons-Burger King talks Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:17 PM ET
    A Burger King restaurant in San Francisco.

    The companies confirmed late on Sunday that they were discussing a takeover of Tim Hortons by Burger King.

  • Activist investor presses Ann Taylor for sale Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:11 PM ET
    An Ann Taylor store in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania

    An activist investor urged Ann to sell itself, failing which each of the company's board members should buy back stock as a "sign of confidence."

  • Taxes spur Tim Hortons-Burger King talks; Shares surge Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:04 PM ET
    A Burger King restaurant in San Francisco.

    The companies confirmed late on Sunday that they were discussing a takeover of Tim Hortons by Burger King.

  • TORONTO, Aug 25- Shares of Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc and U.S. fast-food company Burger King jumped on Monday after news that they are in merger talks. The companies, which are comparable in size by market value, late on Sunday confirmed they were discussing a takeover of Tim Hortons by Burger King.

  • TORONTO, Aug 25- Shares of Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc and U.S. fast-food company Burger King surged in trading before the opening bell on Monday after news that they are in merger talks.

  • *Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion. *U.S. investors took cues from Europe, where an index of major shares rose 0.7 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday the ECB was prepared to respond with available tools if inflation dropped further.

  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO, Aug 24- Burger King is in talks to combine with Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc in a deal that would create a fast food powerhouse with a market capitalization of roughly $18 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 22- U.S. communications regulators on Friday asked Comcast Corp for additional details about its video and broadband operations, including its web traffic management practices, to review the company's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc..

  • *Infineon says $40 per share offer for U.S. firm is all-cash. FRANKFURT, Aug 20- Merger-shy German chipmaker Infineon has agreed to buy Silicon Valley-based International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, Infineon said on Wednesday, in its biggest-ever acquisition.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- British construction company Balfour Beatty rejected a third merger proposal from Carillion on Wednesday, saying a turnaround strategy centred on the sale of its U.S. engineering business was a better prospect for investors.

  • UPDATE 1-Balfour Beatty rejects third Carillion offer Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 20- British engineering company Balfour Beatty on Wednesday rejected Carillion's third merger proposal, saying it failed to address the risks in the deal and only represented a small increase in value.

  • *Carillion raises merger offer for third time. LONDON, Aug 19- British construction firm Carillion ramped up the pressure on Balfour Beatty to reopen merger talks on Tuesday, making a third offer which valued the engineering company at 2.1 billion pounds.

  • UPDATE 1-Carillion sweetens merger offer for Balfour Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 19- British construction firm Carillion on Tuesday raised for the third time its merger proposal for engineering company Balfour Beatty, with new terms that value its rival at 2.1 billion pounds.

  • US tax burden not as heavy as it looks, report says Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    The American tax code’s loopholes result in effective rates that make corporations more competitive than their competitors based overseas, not less.

  • *BHP UK shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $16 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • *H2 profit up 8 pct to $5.69 bln. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • BHP unveils spin-off as profit just misses forecasts Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Aug 19- BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, but held off announcing a highly anticipated buyback with its results on Tuesday.